Friday, 19 April 2013

Review: An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson.

"An Incomplete Education: 3,684 things you should have learned but probably didn't." 

Year of release: 2006
Pages: 700 

Apart from fiction book, i do read a lot of non-fiction books as well. Infact I should say "lots n lots n lots of non-fiction books. I started off with non-fiction to begin with. Non-fiction has helped me a long way in every step of my life. When i was pregnant, i read all the possible pregnancy books, same with when i had kids. I read "My 1 month old", My two year old", all books relating to their age, development, their mental growth, physical growth, potty training, behaviors and what not. Non-fictions are the best help by far. The best self knowledge, self understanding, self educating books. 

I still read lots of non-fiction but dont review them. This book here is very interesting. As the name say "An Incomplete Education: 3,684 things we shuld have earned but didnt."  Well, we will learn now. Its never too late. 

This book delivers the information from a variety of disciplines in the hope of filling the educational empty blanks. The subjects that this book covers is American Studies, Art History, Economics, Film, Literature, Religion, Psychology, Religion, Music, Political Science and World History. 

The information provided is very interesting and its an easy read. In some places i was really engrossed n some places was left laughing. The author has very brilliantly sorted out the most interesting information and chose those things that people should have learned but might never have absorbed. 

Just for fun, I am going to quote some of the interesting question which i came across and found the answers which i could hardly believe it was true and how ?? 

1. Were the ancients really scientists or did they make some lucky guesses?

2. Did Newton really watch an apple fall? And if so, so what ? And if not, so what ? 

3. Is science worth dying for? 

4. Did Galileo really drop a couple of lead weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, thereby proving sumthing or other? 

And on and on and on .... This is just the Science subject I put forth. There many subjects that I mentioned above to gain knowledge. The difference really is one of information vs. knowledge. This book provides information; it is up to readers to pursue real knowledge. And real knowledge cannot come from skimming through 700 pages and memorizing 3,684 facts. But this book is a fun read, and it's a good place to start in the journey toward knowledge.

Every author teaches u a lesson. We know this by how they capture our minds , how they engage us in their writings. This is the trade mark of an author and what I learned" "Write what others want to read, not what you want to write." 

Happy Reading !!

What is Success?

To me Success is : 

Setting goals but not in concrete.
Staying focused but turning aside to help someone.
Following a plan but remaining flexible.
Moving ahead but not too fast to smell the flowers.
Taking a bow but applauding those who had a part in your success. 

What is Success to you ? 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Review: An Inquiry into Love an Death by Simone St. James

Title: An Inquiry Into Love and Death
Author: Simone St. James
Genre: Historical, Thriller, Paranormal
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade 
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
ISBN-10: 0451239253
ISBN-13: 978-0451239259

Goodreads Review: 

After her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, Oxford student Jillian Leigh must rive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, unsettling incidents - a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own - escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house and is haunting the woods around Blood Moon Bay. If Toby discovered something sinister during his investigations, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers - and with the added complication of a powerful mutual attraction. She suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth and begins to discover secrets that lie deep within Rothewell... and at the very heart of who she is.

My Thoughts: 

Again, one of those murder mysteries that left me guessing till the end. Through the entire read, i kept doubting on each an every character in the city who was involved in the murder including the Inspector. But things kept falling into places when the puzzle pieces were coming together.

The other thing that took my breath away was the plot n the writing. These were the two elements that attracted me n hooked me from the start. The way the suspense was forcing u to turn pages n pages, the way the writer added abt the World war and its effect on the England was incredible. 

Though it is an Adult novel with crossover YA appeal, i wud suggest this for the high school students as well. 

Happy reading !! 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Hardcover: 568 pages
Published: October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 0345504984 (ISBN13: 9780345504982)
edition language:  English
original title: The Twelve
series: The Passage #2

Goodreads Review: 

At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

My Thoughts: 

I read The Passage #1, the first book in this series a month ago and m glad i didnt had to wait too long for The Twelve #2, the second book in his trilogy. The third one is coming in 2014 "The City of Mirrors" his final book. I would encourage u all to read the book #1 first and then continue to #2 cuz the way the two books are carried and continued is amazing. Its epic, plot, character, and the history. 

I dont easily rate a book to 5 until it call me for a nail-biting stand. The Twelve falls in this catagory. In the story, there came a point where i literally screamed and was cursing the characters and woke my husband up while my head was still in the book and in a loud voice said, "ouch !! look at this son of a **** ."  not realising that it was 3 in the morning. I hope the final installment will blow me away like the previous two did. 

Happy Reading !! 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My Shadow (Haiku)

Until winter comes 
Always so close next to me 
My faithful shadow

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